Campaign 2014: Finger pointing over deleted photos and tweets

By KBJR News 1

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM CDT

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- The fight in the 8th Congressional District race has moved to social media.

On his Congressional Twitter account, U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (DFL-MN) said that the U.S. Constitution is an imperfect document, and you would have to be a fool to question otherwise.

Nolan's office immediately took that tweet down.

This caused Nolan's Republican opponent, Stewart Mills, to demand that Nolan explain his deleted tweet.

Mills pressed on further claiming "Our Constitution is the very foundation for our republic."

"What he (Mills) does have to argue is that Nolan doesn't look strong because he made a decision and he backed out of the decision," Marty Weintraub said.

Weintraub is the Founder of aimClear and is a social media and public relations expert.

"I would have told him (Nolan) to not take it down when people argued about it," Weintraub said. "It's not a big deal that he tweeted it. It's a fair conversation and Mills was perfectly in bounds by calling the question."

But that's not the whole story.

"It's interesting that Stewart Mills would raise the social media red flags when he has fallen victim to that as well," said Aaron Brown, a Iron Range author. "There was a beer bong involved... and lots of party pictures like you would classically associate with a college student, not necessarily a candidate for Congress."

The photos of Mills letting loose were deleted from Facebook when Mills announced his candidacy for Congress.

Mills appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning and explained the photos of him partying with his family.

"Well, I have lived a very joyful life, that's for sure," Mills told WCCO's Esme Murphy. "But what people care about isn't the fact that I chugged a beer seven years ago. What they care about is creating jobs from mainstream on up, not Wall Street or Washington on down."

Alisa Von Hagel is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

Von Hagel said the mudslinging over social media missteps will most likely have little impact at the ballot box.

"It's probably not going to affect people decisions when there are larger issues people are concerned about," Von Hagel said.

Nick Minock
nminock@kbjr.com